Have a Great Day!

Rod Pickett
2 min readApr 24

Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been.

Marcus Aurelius

How amazing would it be to have a day where everything goes smoothly, where the people you meet are kind and considerate, where the universe just seems to be on your side?

Sounds like a fairytale, doesn’t it.

Not only is it possible, but that can happen for you today.

Yes, you get to decide what kind of experience you have today.

No, this is not some wacky new scheme to become rich and successful.

Think about the things that annoy you, that tend to ruin your day.

Maybe the traffic is bad.

Why does that feel like a personal attack?

“I shouldn’t have to put up with this.”

The way we do transportation could certainly be better, but it could also be much worse.

Before the development of the automobile and the airplane, travel was much slower and less comfortable.

When stuck in heavy traffic, you can be grateful to be alive now with all the technology that makes travel safer and more comfortable.

Or you can be frustrated that we still haven’t gotten the personal helicopters we were promised.

Maybe you stop to buy something, and the person working the checkout is crabby.

It would be natural to react in kind, as if this person had decided while brushing their teeth that they were going to ruin your day.

But you have the option to smile and be positive.

Sure, it takes a little effort, but it could make their day better and certainly will make yours better.

Maybe you are meeting someone for lunch, and they are late.

You could be offended that they are wasting your time.

Or you could remind yourself that there could be many reasons for the delay.

What if they are always late?

If so, you could have been prepared to use the time productively.

Or you could just take advantage of a little break in the day to have some time for yourself.

If all this seems like too much work, you could just be like everyone else.

You could let other people and circumstances dictate the kind of day you will have.

Or you can make the choice to have a positive, productive day.

It’s up to you.

— Rod Pickett

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Rod Pickett

Rod Pickett is a writer, pastor, teacher, photographer, real estate broker, certified personal trainer, consultant, woodworker, and life-long learner.